KING, KlimaINnovationsstadt Graz - Strategies and actions for a climate-neutral Graz

With the preparation of a climate protection plan by autumn 2021, a central cornerstone for achieving climate neutrality in Graz has already been laid. KING builds on this climate protection plan and further develops and specifies the key measures defined therein in a comprehensive participation and consultation process.

Short Description

Starting point/motivation

Climate change takes place and is progressing also in the city of Graz due to persistent GHG emissions. Between 1.17 and 2.77 million t CO2eq are emitted annually in Graz (depending on the type of calculation method used).

In order to reach the 2°C target of the Paris Agreement, a GHG budget of 42.75 million t CO2eq remains until 2050 and an annual emission reduction of 5.6% on average is required. That means that the city of Graz faces, like all other cities, enormous challenges. The emission reduction necessary to ensure a high quality of life will only be achieved through profound structural changes and comprehensive measures.

Contents and goals

The project KING - Climate Innovation City Graz ("KlimaINnovationsstadt Graz") sets the strategic course for an effective implementation of climate protection measures in order to achieve the goal of climate neutrality. Within the framework of KING, goals, visions, strategies and measures for a specific climate-neutral city area will be explored and developed within a comprehensive participation process.

Methods

With the creation of a climate protection plan for Graz by mid-2021, a central cornerstone for achieving climate neutrality has already been laid. KING builds upon this climate protection plan and further develops and specifies the key measures in a participatory involvement and consultation process.

This process will be carried out in cooperation with experts from administration, science and business as well as the interested and affected public. To explore the measures, different technology and service innovations are examined, evaluated and prioritised. In order to ensure a high quality of the whole process, the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change provides scientific support.

Expected results

The result of this process is a catalogue of measures, which will be transposed into a roadmap by means of an implementation, financing and capacity plan. Moreover, KING explores possibilities for realising climate neutrality at an urban district level using a model neighbourhood.

Therefore, two neighbourhoods are available for selection. Both of them are positioned in the Smart City target areas of Graz and thus already strive for energy-efficient, resource-saving and low-emission development in accordance with the STEK 4.0: 

  • the Reininghaus education campus (new building neighbourhood) and 
  • MySmartCityGraz (existing development and new building). 

In the course of KING, an action and implementation plan will be developed for one of the two quarters. The results of this entire research and development work will form the basis for a strategic preparation of a submission to the Urban Mission "100 climate-neutral cities" within the Horizon Europe Programme.

Finally, there will be comprehensive public relations and awareness-raising measures. KING thus forms the basis for a climate innovation city and prepares the way for climate neutrality in Graz.

Project Partners

Project management

City of Graz - Executive Office for Urban Planning, Development and Construction, EU Unit

Project or cooperation partners

  • City of Graz – environmental office
  • Grazer Energieagentur Ges.m.b.H

Contact Address

City of Graz
Executive Office for Urban Planning, Development and Construction, EU Unit
Mag. Christian Nußmüller
Europaplatz 20/5
A-8020 Graz
Tel.: +43 (316) 872-3509
E-mail: christian.nussmueller@stadt.graz.at
Web: www.graz.at